American, 1889 - 1963
Skyscraper side table/vanity, 1928–1929
H. 75 3/8 x W. 22 5/8 x D. 12 1/4 in.
A native Berliner, Kem Weber studied at the city’s Kunstgewerbeschule from 1908 until 1910 under Bruno Paul. In 1914, he went to California to assist with the German pavilion at the Panama-Pacific Exposition and became stranded there when war was declared. Listing himself as an industrial designer, he opened his own studio in Hollywood in 1927 and worked for such companies as Disney Studios. He created this bedside table in the late 1920s for Mr. and Mrs. John Bissinger of San Francisco. Made to fit between two twin beds, it served both as a nightstand and a dressing mirror with shelves and two reading lights. Like other pieces from the 1920s designed by architects, the work is part skyscraper and part futuristic stage set.